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I EXPLORE

IExplore Curriculum Introduction

Welcome to the Humanities Area of Learning Experience/IExplore curriculum.  This area will inspire learners to grow their knowledge, wisdom and awaken a sense of wonder.  This area of the ICurriculum encourages learners to engage with the most important issues facing humanity, social change, and will help to develop skills to interpret and articulate the past and present. 

The Area encompasses geography; history; religion, values and ethics; business studies and social studies. These disciplines share many common themes, concepts and transferable skills, while having their own discrete body of knowledge and skills.  Together they contribute to realising the four purposes of the curriculum.

Humanities is central to learners becoming ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. In contemporary and historical contexts, in their own localities and elsewhere in Wales, as well as in the wider world. It can also promote an understanding of how the people of Wales, its communities, history, culture, landscape, resources and industries, interrelate with the rest of the world. Humanities encourages learners to view the world with different lenses, which in turn helps promote an understanding of the ethnic and cultural diversity within Wales.

These experiences, in and outside the classroom, will help them become ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives. It is important that learners have opportunities to discuss and explore their personal perspectives on religious and non-religious worldviews, ethical challenges and social inclusion issues. Likewise, opportunities to explore the natural world, locally, within and beyond Wales, will help foster in them a sense of place and of well-being. These experiences will help develop learners’ resilience, build independence, and increase self-confidence and self-esteem. This will support the development of healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

 

Year 7 IExplore Curriculum

Year 7 Autumn term

The theme for year 7 is ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  In the autumn term, learners are challenged with ‘big questions’-How does humanities shape us?  What matters in history, geography, social/business studies and religion, values and ethics (RVE)? These thought provoking questions introduce learners to key concepts, terms and ideas within the study of history and geography, also the core principles of religion as a whole.  Learners focus on why they should be proud to be an ethically informed citizen.  Learners showcase their knowledge, skills and experiences to independently answer the question-’How does my life compare with the life of someone else in the world?’

Year 7 Spring term

In the spring term, learners are posed the question-’What are the dangers of not being an ethically informed citizen?’  This links to the theme and challenges learners to think critically, discuss and and present their views on ‘What is prejudice and discrimination?  In contemporary and historical contexts and Wales and the World.  Learners have the opportunity to investigate what slavery, immigration (Wles), rich/poor, business and religion teach us about prejudice?  Learners are introduced to religion, values and ethics focusing on the idea that many beliefs we may have about religion are based around stereotypes/misconceptions.  Learners showcase their knowledge, skills and experiences to independently answer the question-’Why is it important to be an ethically informed citizen?

Year 7 Summer term

In the summer term, learners think about how their choices are influenced by pride and prejudice.  They look at how the Welsh Government has developed over time.  Links are made with the Languages AoLE/ICommunicate focusing on the changes in the Welsh language.  Discussions on democracy and the ability to vote at age 16, gives students opportunities to develop their understanding of democracy in real contexts that are relevant to them.  Learners then look at flags from around the world.  This links to the Welsh context and investigates the story behind the Welsh flag.  Learners use their knowledge, understanding of humanities to design a flag that represents Wales today.

 

Year 8 IExplore Curriculum

Year 8 Autumn term

Humanities

This term learners will explore the changing roles of women in society. Firstly, learners will examine how the role of women changed around the time of World War One and evaluate the sacrifices both men and women made. In addition, learners will discover how women are traditionally portrayed in religious texts and debate the extent to which these ideas have evolved. Finally, learners will consider how the role of women within business and society as a whole has changed over time.

 

Year 8 Spring term

Humanities

This term Year 8 will complete a range of learning activities in order to discover how famous figures have helped change our world for the better.  Students will then be presented with opportunities to follow in the footsteps of these individuals by writing and delivering speeches about a current world issue they feel passionate about. Knowledge and understanding will be developed through the use of a variety of learning methods such as modelling, independent tasks, collaborative work and independent research.

 

Year 9 IExplore Curriculum

Year 9 Autumn term

Religion, Values and Ethics

This term learners will be introduced to the GCSE Religious Studies and Equality and Diversity qualifications. Topic 1 focuses on the importance of studying religion and other world beliefs. Learners will be introduced to key vocabulary, discuss issues relating to human rights and the beliefs and practices of particular religions.

History

This term learners will begin with an introduction - Why does History matter? What does it teach us. learners will then begin a study a series of significant events : In the first term the focus is on 'The Diary of Anne Frank', and the Holocaust. A series of 'Days that shook the world' will follow.  All learners will be using chromebooks and exercise books to complete tasks, including assessments, GCSE examination technique and independent learning.

Geography

This term starts with an introduction to Geography and the development of some key geographical skills, such as place and location.This will be followed by the study of tectonic plate movements and their consequences. This will include the causes and consequences of volcanoes and earthquakes. All learners will be using chromebooks and exercise books to complete tasks, including assessments, and independent learning.

 

Year 9 Spring term

Religion, Values and Ethics

This term students will continue to develop their knowledge of human rights and religious beliefs. In religious studies they will be exploring the life of Jesus and discussing the extent to which the Bible provides evidence of Jesus being God incarnate. In equality and diversity lessons, students will be reflecting on progress made in the Autumn term and developing their knowledge of human rights and discrimination even further.

History

This term students will continue with a study of ' series of significant events: 'Days that shook the world'. Students are currently looking at 9/11 order to assess  whether the  impact of the terrorist attacks and whether it was a  day that shook the world. Later this term students will move onto  study the Impact of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the assassination of JFK .Pupils can complete lessons on the uploaded presentations/slideshows on ‘Google classroom’ or use their exercise books to complete particular tasks and are, therefore, taught using a variety of blended learning methods.

Geography

This term students will continue with their study of physical geography/tectonic plate movements.  Students will complete their work on volcanoes and move on to earthquakes and tsunamis.  Other lessons will include independent study; including designing an earthquake proof house.  Pupils can complete lessons on the uploaded presentations/slideshows on ‘Google classroom’ or use their exercise books to complete particular tasks and are, therefore, taught using a variety of blended learning methods.

 

Year 10 IExplore Curriculum

Year 10 Autumn term

Religious Studies

This term students will be exploring a range of ethical issues within GCSE Religious Studies. Topic 1 focuses on beliefs about the origin of the universe and medical ethics. Students will develop their understanding of different worldviews and perspectives whilst engaging with key questions such as ‘Does the universe show evidence of design?’ and ‘When does life begin?’

History

Students will be studying the first of four units for their GCSE examinations. The first unit is the outline study ‘Changes in Health and Medicine, 1340 to present day’.  We will be examining the causes of illness, treatments and cures, preventive measures, advances in knowledge, patient care and attitudes to public health over time. Students will be entered for the GCSE examination for this module in June 2022. To support students with the development of their knowledge, students are regularly set independent learning tasks and complete a series of self test activities at the end of each section.  All students  have been issued with a booklet containing  the information they need for this module. They will be using chromebooks and exercise books to complete tasks, including assessments, examination technique and independent learning.

Business

Students will be studying the nature of business activity and how it meets the needs of customers by providing a product or service, in most cases, for a profit. This is focused on enterprise and entrepreneurs, with a wide range of aims and objectives. We examine how business organisations vary in size and ownership and operate in local, national and global contexts. students will learn about stakeholders who are affected by business activity and can also impact on business behaviour.  We go on to investigate the areas within a business including Production and how to maximise efficiency and Marketing where businesses need to identify, anticipate and satisfy customer needs in a profitable way. To support lessons, students should watch the business news or follow pages such as BBC news and Walesonline on social media. All of the work is on google classroom for any students who miss the lessons.

 

Year 10 Spring term

Business

This term, students will study the reasons why businesses grow, and the most appropriate method of growth for different businesses, including franchises, economies of scale and mergers and takeovers (acquisitions). We also consider location and siting. Then we move on to the production department including the supply chain and logistics of distribution. The importance of quality and the sales process.

Religious Studies

This term, students will be completing a range of learning activities in order to understand both religious and non-religious attitudes towards issues of good and evil. They will explore the purpose of punishment. Knowledge and understanding will be developed through the use of a variety of learning methods such as discussion, research, modelling and exam skill tasks.

History

Students will be completing  the outline study ‘Changes in Health and Medicine, 1340 to present day’.  They are examining the causes of illness, treatments and cures, preventative measures, advances in knowledge, patient care and attitudes to public health over time.. To support students with the development of their knowledge, students are regularly set independent learning tasks and complete a series of self test activities at the end of each section.  All students  have been issued with a booklet containing  the information they need for this module. They will be using chromebooks and exercise books to complete tasks, including assessments, examination technique and independent learning.  After half term students will be completing the Non Examined Assessment (coursework) unit for their GCSE examinations.

 

Year 11 IExplore Curriculum

Year 11 Autumn term

Business

Students need to understand that the finance function manages the financial activities of a business, including start-up finance, the preparation and creation of financial accounts, maintaining financial records, paying bills and analysing financial performance. This includes break even, profit and loss accounts and cash flow forecasts. We also study human resources which involves the recruitment, training, organisation, retention, development and motivation of employees. We will continue to develop skills to answer case study based questions and develop extended answers. To support lessons, students should watch the business news or follow pages such as BBC news and Walesonline on social media. All of the work is on google classroom for any students who miss the lessons.

History

Students will be completing  the outline study ‘Changes in Health and Medicine, 1340 to present day’.  They are examining the causes of illness, treatments and cures, prevenative measures, advances in knowledge, patient care and attitudes to public health over time.. To support students with the development of their knowledge, students are regularly set independent learning tasks and complete a series of self test activities at the end of each section.  All students  have been issued with a booklet containing  the information they need for this module. They will be using chromebooks and exercise books to complete tasks, including assessments, examination technique and independent learning..  After half term students will be completing the Non Examined Assessment (coursework) unit for their GCSE examinations.

Religious Studies

This term students will be discovering more about beliefs and practices surrounding relationships. They will consider the impact of religious teachings on the lives of people today and will explore rites of passage such as marriage. In addition, they will explore different attitudes towards contraception, divorce and remarriage and will evaluate the extent to which women and men play equal roles within religion today.

 

Year 11 Spring term

Business

Y11 will complete the course by studying the impact of external factors on business including laws, taxes and interest rates. We will then begin revision of key topic areas and past paper question practice.

History

Students have just started the NEA (coursework) unit on the Civil Rights movement in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. Students are required to complete two essays for their NEA.   After half term we  will then begin revision of the USA 1910-29 and Changes in Health and Medicine and past paper question practice.

Public Services

Throughout the year pupils are working simultaneously on two different units.  One teacher is delivering a unit on teamwork skills, this explores the importance of teamwork in public services and the skills needed to perform the job.  A lot of this unit is practical, and we have already seen the class have a teambuilding lesson with the Navy, with another session scheduled with the RAF.  The other teacher is delivering a unit on communication skills. Similarly to the teamwork unit, the class will explore what effective communication is, why it is important within public services and the positive or negative outcomes of good and bad communication. 

Religious Studies

This term Year 11 will be developing their knowledge and understanding of Judaism. They will learn about the history of the religion, find out about important figures and festivals. Knowledge and understanding will be developed through the use of a variety of learning methods such as discussion, research, modelling and exam skill tasks.